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Grattan on Friday / Abbott’s reality show has trouble with the script

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra THE Abbott government desperately tries, but nearly always fails, to run to a tight script. The current script has two big headings: “economic security” and “national security”. Its lines are about the budget’s giveaways for small business, and the Coalition’s constant vigilance in finding ways to keep the community safe. […]

Grattan / Gay marriage heading to cross-party bill

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra SOME pro-gay marriage Liberals might be railing against Bill Shorten’s pre-emptive private member’s bill but its effect has been to suddenly raise the prospect of common political ownership of the issue. Liberals remain divided on marriage equality but united on not wanting Shorten, who has given notice he’ll introduce the […]

Grattan / Abbott prefers to stay on the high moral ground in a war mired in murkiness

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra TONY Abbott was asked on Monday whether, if the United States increased its troop numbers in the fight against Islamic State (IS), Australia would consider boosting its commitment. Abbott replied that, as always, Australia stood ready to work with its partners and allies – the US, Iraq and other countries […]

Grattan / Former diplomat to co-ordinate counter terrorism

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra A former ambassador to Indonesia and Iran, Greg Moriarty, will become co-ordinator of national counter terrorism, leading a new office in the Prime Minister’s department. The government says that as well as his expertise in the Middle East and South East Asian regions, Moriarty brings to the role experience co-ordinating […]

Video / The week in Politics with Michelle Grattan and Frances Shannon

UNIVERSITY of Canberra Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Frances Shannon and Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics including the new the latest bump in the Fairfax Ipsos poll and the chance of an election in 2015. Andrew Forrest and the inquiry into iron ore prices and the conditions at the detention centre on Nauru.

Grattan / Iron ore inquiry off but row continues

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra THE government has given into the pressure from the big miners and formally abandoned the idea of a parliamentary inquiry into the iron ore sector. Treasurer Joe Hockey announced late Thursday that “after discussing the issue with regulatory bodies and stakeholders across the resources sector, the government will not be […]

Grattan / Coalition backbenchers concerned balance shifts too far to dual income families

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra WITH the budget squarely targeted at getting more mothers into work or working extra hours, a group of Coalition backbenchers is forming to fight for the interests of stay-at-home parents. Its organisers are Queensland Nationals senator Matt Canavan and ACT Liberal senator Zed Seselja. It is likely to number about […]

Grattan / Polls show budget well received but mixed voting results

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra LAST week’s giveaway budget has received the thumbs up from voters and boosted Tony Abbott’s personal rating in the Fairfax/Ipsos poll and Newspoll. But the polls diverge in their two-party voting results. The Ipsos poll has the government lifting substantially to 50-50% with Labor while Newspoll, published in The Australian, […]

Grattan on Friday / Which Tony will voters decide is the ‘real Tony’?

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra THIS week’s budget has helped entrench Tony Abbott’s leadership. That’s a blow for the Liberal aspirants but not necessarily for Labor, because it would prefer him to be the opponent at the election. Labor sources think the budget is likely to help Abbott’s claw-back. But they believe an alternative leader […]

Grattan / After last year’s “crazy brave” comes the hangover budget

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra THIS is a budget for when the economy has gone soft and the political situation is precarious. The bold reforming zeal, accompanied by a “we know best” attitude, of last year has gone. The government reaffirms its commitment to long-term fiscal repair. But this budget is driven by the imperative […]

Grattan / We’ve had the endless budget warm up – now it’s game on

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra Budget day is high risk for all the political players. Think of it this way. Fast forward two months. By early July, will we look back on the Coalition’s second budget as one that consolidated Tony Abbott’s position, or undermined it? Where will it have left the currently weak man […]

Grattan on Friday / A budget that desperately tries to avoid trouble

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra HERE we are with the budget almost upon us and Tony Abbott has had to assure the public, and Joe Hockey, that the Treasurer won’t be sacked if it’s a flop. It’s an indication that while things have quietened within the government, under the surface the tensions, rivalries and fears […]


Grattan / New Greens leader wants to send a message to those with ‘mainstream values’

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra THE Greens mostly like to keep their party ‘internals’ internal. The leadership transition from Christine Milne to Victorian senator Richard Di Natale was marked by secrecy and tightly stitched up. There were no leaks that Milne, who succeeded Bob Brown in 2012, was about to pull the pin. Within two […]

Budget to smooth the way for small business start-ups

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra REGISTRATION of small businesses will be streamlined as part of the government’s package for the sector, which will be a centrepiece of Tuesday’s budget. Announcing measures to cut red tape, Treasurer Joe Hockey and Small Business Minister Bruce Billson said a single online registration site would be established. It would […]

Grattan / Labor ahead in Newspoll, but Abbott gains ground on Shorten

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra THE government goes into next week’s budget trailing Labor on a two-party basis but satisfaction with Prime Minister Tony Abbott has risen to a seven month high in the latest Newspoll. Abbott is also now level with Bill Shorten as better prime minister. The ALP’s two party lead increased from […]

Grattan on Friday / Australia-Indonesia relationship will never be easy

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra SINCE Tony Abbott became prime minister, three issues have strained relations with Indonesia. Before the fracture over the fate of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, there were difficulties from the Coalition’s tow-back policy and a major crisis after revelations of Australian spying. It was Abbott’s choice to annoy Indonesia by […]

Grattan / Business chief calls for 'philosophical' shift on health, education, retirement

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra AUSTRALIA needs new “philosophical underpinnings” for the major spending areas of health, education and retirement income, Business Council of Australia President Catherine Livingstone has said. The model of political leadership also needs to be reframed, because it is “so obviously struggling” at the moment, she told the National Press Club […]

Grattan / Abbott’s sister urges Liberals to consider gay marriage conscience vote this year

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra AS Labor steps up its internal debate on whether its MPs should be “bound” on a vote for marriage equality, Tony Abbott’s gay sister Christine Forster believes that would “certainly improve the numbers” to pass the reform. “If Labor went to a vote with that as policy and the Liberals […]